Beginner Acrylic Painting : Paint a Green Apple | Linda Celestian | Skillshare

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Beginner Acrylic Painting : Paint a Green Apple

teacher avatar Linda Celestian, Learning to paint is fun

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      How to Paint a Green Apple


    • 2.

      Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple Video One


    • 3.

      Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple Video Two


    • 4.

      Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple Video Three


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      Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple video 4


    • 6.

      Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple video 5


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About This Class

This beginner acrylic painting class will cover how to mix colors and apply them to make soft gradations that describe form. I will be demonstrating how to paint a green apple but these skills can be applied to painting anything and everything. Make your first painting a keeper with these easy steps.

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Linda Celestian

Learning to paint is fun


I'm a fine artist and a teacher. I've been painting for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. Life is short but you can keep it fun by trying new things.

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1. How to Paint a Green Apple: Hi, I'm Linda Celestine, and in this class, I'm gonna show you how to paint a green apple. I wanted to teach a beginner painting class because I want everyone to know that it's not as hard as it looks. And if you break it down to suit the simple concepts that I'm going to show you in this class, you'll be painting whatever it is you want. Pete paint, before long in the first video will go over the supplies needed, and I'll explain that you don't need to spend a lot of money. You don't have to buy half the art supply store to get started. And in the second video, I'll show you how Teoh set up the object when simple lighting, how to sketch it on paint on paper. And then how to mix the colors using just primary colors red, blue, yellow, white. So after you take this class, you'll understand color. You understand how to mix color and how to apply color. So that means that you can use these skills to paint other still life objects to paint, portrait's in landscapes and even abstract. I'm in abstract painter, and I realized that I used these concepts in my work. When I was describing my techniques to somebody at my show, they were asking me how I create depth in my work. And I started to describe how I mixed three different colors in different values and apply them next to each other, which makes it look like something is coming towards you. So if you take this class, you'll have a basic understanding of how to paint form that can be applied to painting whatever it is you want. 2. Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple Video One: Hi, this is Linda. Thanks for joining my class. In this video. I'll go over all the supplies you'll need, so we'll go over different kinds of paint and paintbrushes and some other things that you'll need So you can go to the supply store on, get everything you need. First, you'll need a pallet I'm using. Palette Paper comes in pads. It's disposable. Next, you'll need a palette knife, which comes in different sizes. I like this medium sized one. It's for mixing the paint or paint brushes. I use tackle on long handle. Techland is a synthetic fibre. It's a very affordable. This is a number eight. You could probably use another one. Ah, a little bit smaller, maybe a number six. But you don't need anything too much smaller than that. Two brushes will probably be enough. Now I'm going to talk about paint, which it's not important what brand you use it support important what grade you use. So economy is probably something you don't want or student. Maybe an artist grade. So here I'm looking for primary yellow cadmium yellow medium is good. A primary blue is ultra marine blue in a primary red, which year. I'm actually using capital crimson, but it doesn't have a lot of orange in it. So it's a very bright primary red and wait something to hold water paper Tell pencil eraser and this is if you were kind of slow. You might want to use a retard, or you mix a small amount into your paint that you're mixing to help it stay wet longer and it stays workable longer. We're gonna be working on paper. I use an £80 drawing paper. I also have a watercolor paper here with a little bit of texture. You have to use thicker paint when you're painting on paper with texture, you might need a stiffer brush like a bristle brush. So I'm just going to tape my paper to the board here, which is a piece of foam core. It's good to have some acrylic matt medium on hand. You'll only need a little bit, but I use it to mix into my pain. If my pain is too thick, it makes it spread a lot smoother and will be helpful in getting smooth transitions 3. Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple Video Two: it's important to set up your apple close to a strong life. All right, we have our green apple set up with a light on it. I have my paper taped to a piece of foam core, and I'm ready to draw the apple with pencil, and this doesn't have to be perfect. It's just gonna serve as a guideline when we start to paint. But so that's just a soft outline. Hopefully, you can see that, and that's all you need. 4. Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple Video Three: Okay, now we have the color of the green apple. We're going to move some that will be used to mix the tents and 1/3 pile that will be used to mix the tones. I like to leave a lot in the first pile, which is the color of the apple called the huge. Okay, now we're ready to mix the tents. Using white. I start with just mixing a little bit of white just enough to change it. I leave half of it and move half of it and add more way, and I do this again to get 1/3 10 and this gives you colors that are gradually changing. When we get to painting, you'll see how that's helpful. There are three primary colors yellow, blue and red. The secondary colors are made by mixing two of the primary colors, so the secondary colors are green, purple and orange were mixing green, and it happens to be sort of a yellow green, something in between here and here, and so normally you would use the complementary color to mix the tones, which is the shadows of the object. In this case, since our apple green is more here. The complementary color color across the color wheel is actually purple, a red purple. So to mix the tones of the apple green, we will use red and blue. Okay, Now we're ready to mix the tones, the colors that will be used for the shadows of the Advil. And we're using red and blue. And this is something you just got kind of have to play around with. Um, And if it's too looks to brown, then you probably want to add some blue into it until you get the color that you see on the shadows of the apple. Okay, so I feel that that color is a little dark, so I'm going to move it to the second space, take some of the hue, some of that dark color, and mix them together to make a better transition. Okay, now I'm gonna make one more tone. It's a little bit darker. If the color gets too dark, I could just add a little bit more of the color of the apple back in. I'm trying to make these colors gradually changed from later to darker. Okay, Next, we need to mix a brown for the stem to make brown, you use all three primary colors. The trick here is to get the right proportions of the three primary colors. So if you see I'm feeling like this is looking very orange, I add more blue in. If it's looking very green, I'm gonna add more red. The thinking behind this goes back to the color wheel. So if I feel like something is to green, I add it's complimentary color color across the color wheel, trying to get an equal, equally proportioned brown not to yellow, not too blue not to read. So I just keep playing with it. And then I'm going to make a variation of it with white for the highlights on the stuff. So make sure you save enough of the dark brown because you need a dark brown in the light brown to paint the stuff. Okay, the next color we need to mix is the gray for the cast shadow gray is made with two complementary colors to colors across the color wheel from each other. In this case, I'm using green and red. It's starting to look very red here, so I need to add more green and green is yellow and blue. OK, I'm still not quite there. So I'm gonna add a lot of blue and see if I can get to this steel grey that I'm trying to mix. Color mixing takes practice, so don't get discouraged if you don't get it right off the bat. Um, and sometimes I just split the pile in half and try different things till I get it right. Okay. I think this is gonna work. So now I need to take some of it in mix in some white, so they will get to values. Hear a light grey in the dark gray. So that's it. We have all the colors we're gonna need to get started painting. 5. Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple video 4: Okay, we're ready to get started. Painting. Here's our sketch of an apple. I have a little bit of Matt medium on my brush and I picked the first color I pick up is the hue the color of the apple. I like to put a lot of paint on because I tend to work wet into wet, so I'm just getting a big area filled in with the Q. Okay, Now, the next color I put on my brush is the first tent. Like I said, I work wet into wet. So I'm blending the two colors just with my brush on the painting itself, trying to get smooth transitions. So here I've grabbed some of the next tent and looking at adding some highlights and once again, just trying to create smooth transitions. Okay, I'm gonna wash my brush because I'm starting to work on the tones the shadow side of the apple using the tones that I've mixed. - So here I need to create a transition. I'm gonna take some of the hue and smooth it over that last tone that I put on. So it's creating a transition between hue and tone between the color of the apple and the color of the shadow of the apple. Here I have on my brush the darkest tone. I also have switched to a smaller brush here so I can get the details. Um, you'll see. I need to create a transition between this dark of the center of the apple and where it moves up into that highlight. So So I kind of work that area a bit. It's a small area to have this full transition happen. You don't want to get your tents mixed with your tones. Eso I kind of paint over this area where I had previously put ah highlight. And I put tones there to create a transition. And then I add the highlight back in, um so sometimes areas need to be reworked to get the correct transitions. Using my small brush, I'm gonna paint this them, which also has lights and darks, highlights and shadows, so that will make it look three dimensional. If I use the two colors that I've mixed now, I'm using the gray that I mixed. The darkest part of the shadow is right under the apple where no light can reach. So I'm gonna put that the dark gray there and then all transition out to the great that we mixed with weight. - So this is the second Cray that we mixed, Um, And then to finish the shadow, I ended up mixing two more values just by adding more white. - Okay , so you could call this done, or you could continue to work it. I'm a perfectionist, so I have to work some of these transitions, some of these edges. So I'm gonna just let you watch me pain. And mostly what I'm doing is if I see something that looks like it's a jump between two values, I will take the color the two colors and mix them together. I'm also working a lot of wet into wet. Like I said in the beginning, which is just using my brush to blend these values, um, to get smooth transitions, I think here I am, going in with a little bit of white, just cleaning up some things around the edges. You could also create a soft color for the background, something that would be mixed with a lot of white. Um, white works here, so if you want to paint the whole background white than the painting would be finished. But this is your first lesson in how to paint a green apple, and I hope you enjoyed it. 6. Skillshare How to Paint a Green Apple video 5: Hi, it's Linda. I really hope you enjoyed this class. Please share your projects. It's a project gallery and I hope you keep painting. Thanks for joining me by, Right. It's a final word of encouragement. If you don't love the first painting, you did just give it another shot. Here's some paintings I did just during the filming of this class. Practice makes perfect. Enjoy the journey. Happy painting.